Wednesday, 23 June 2010
"Is he a genius or a hoaxer with too much time on his hands? Possibly both"
"We can't decide whether he's the new Viv Stanshall, a young Eno, a British Zappa, or a replacement for Frank Sidebottom (RIP)"
Monday, 14 June 2010
On his regular early morning show, popular DJ Chris Evans is telephoned by three ladies.
They proceed to destroy his mind.
Convinced he is a bird, he exits via the fourth storey window.
From “maverick composer” Ergo Phizmiz, The Mourning Show is a demonic-memetic-suitcase-living-room-opera.More info and booking at Tete-a-Tete.
If you just can't wait, download the Pot-Pourri of instrumental music from the opera here.
Friday, 11 June 2010
"Composer, multi-instrumentalist and broadcaster Ergo Phizmiz first came to prominence for his experimental electronica for which he is noted in the autobiography of the legendary Radio One DJ John Peel. Since then he has broadened his musical horizon to collaborate with The The, score a film for international art star Christian Marclay, undertake a growing number of BBC radio commissions and write operatic works. It's unsurprising then that he has attracted a 'serious' music audience (Michael Nyman being in attendance at Ergo's last London show), however, the predominantly acoustic Things to Do and Make is Ergo's first foray into what could be called 'Eccentric Pop'. Exuding the energy and theatricality of his live performance, that can see him flit from grand piano to drums via trumpet or self-made instrument and back, it marries his characteristic sense of the absurd, recalling Vivian Stanshall and the quintessential art school band ,The Bonzos, with an inventive and melodic folk-pop. The first single from the album is the Lennonesque anti-love song 'Late' configured for a one-man band: it is easy to picture Ergo with a bass drum strapped to his back, strumming a guitar with a tin whistle at the ready. As with all Ergo's output this album conveys his sense of pleasure and fun in making music but with this new found pop sensibility, it's an experience he should be sharing with a much larger audience from now on."
"The Emperor of music!" - Tom Ravenscroft, Channel 4 Radio
"One of the most inventive composers around ... a musical equivalent to Chris Morris" - BBC Radio 3, Mixing It
"Not so much a one-man band as a one man movement" - The Wire
"A berserk electronic and plunderphonic whizzkid" - Rough Trade
"A marvel of sonic experimentation ... Ergo is an inventive mind" - Comfortcomes.com
Food & War
The Dapper Transvestite
Parrot in the Pie
Dirty Shower Honk Stomp
Boris von Horace